What are Shrinky Dinks Shrinkable Plastic?

I found a craft project the other day that required the use of Shrinky Dinks. What? Shrinky Dinks? I had never heard of such a thing. Therefore, I went to Michaels and scoured the aisles for Shrinky Dinks, but I couldn’t find them. Noticing my “I can’t find it” look, one of the folks working there helped me. He took me to the Shrinky Dinks, which I had walked by at least five times. It was like a small package of paper. It didn’t seem all that interesting. I was suspicious, but as I read the packaging I became more intrigued. The seemingly plain paper in my hand was actually a shrinkable plastic. According to the directions, all I had to do was create a design, cut it out and bake it in the oven. My creation would shrink, thicken and harden. I had to find out if it would really work. IMG_1664 In an effort to avoid a Shrinky Dinks disaster, I started off with a simple project, making luggage tags.

  1. I made four tag designs: a shark, an elephant, and two standard designs. You can print them out, cut them out, and trace the designs on the Shrinky Dinks paper. They are large designs and are almost too big for the Shrinky Dinks paper. Trust me, they need to be huge for this project. Click this link for luggage tag designs.IMG_1665
  1. Decorate the tags by coloring them with the recommended products in the Shrinky Dinks instructions or use colored pencils or Sharpies.


  1. Once you have decorated one side, cut out the tag, flip it over and color the other side.
  1. Don’t forget to cut out the big circle. That’s where you loop through cord, chain or zip tie so you can attach the tag to your bag. The instructions recommend using a hole punch to make a few holes so that you can fit in scissors and cut out the circle. The hole is big because it will also shrink during the baking process.


  1. Follow the baking instructions from Shrinky Dinks.
  1. Voila! You have your own personalized tags for any of your luggage or bags.

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  1. You can attach them using brightly colored handkerchiefs, cord, chain, or zip tie.

IMG_1694 Little Owl’s Tips 

  • Parental guidance is a must if kids are working on a Shrinky Dinks project.
  • I used color pencils and Sharpies to decorate my tags. If you want more subdued colors, use colored pencils. If you want bright colors, use Sharpies.
  • Don’t put your name or personal information on these tags. These are just decorations to help you identify your bag quickly. You’ll want a covered tag that contains your name and contact information. This keeps random folks standing near you from finding out your personal information.
  • Read through the instructions to learn how to use Shrinky Dinks in copy machines and to learn how to apply rubber stamps designs.

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2 Responses to What are Shrinky Dinks Shrinkable Plastic?

  1. craftycoup says:

    Super cute and great idea! You just reminded me that plastic items with the recycle number 6 on it is the same type of plastic in shrinky dinks! You can upcycle a throwaway plastic container! Going to make luggage tags!

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  2. That’s awesome! I didn’t realize the potential for upcycling. Thanks.


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